It’s impossible to go hungry at Whistler/Blackcomb. Between them the two areas have 15 on-mountain cafeterias, pizza parlors, and restaurants, ranging from the expensive and elegant to a hamburger joint, with an international variety of cuisine.

The apres-ski scene is a bit less roaring than you’d anticipate in the Canadian mountains, with modest bars stirring things up in the early evening; a few noisy pubs grind out the decibels beginning around 10 o’clock.

Finally, there’s one other wonderful factor for Americans: You pay in Canadian dollars. For several years these have ranged from 20 to 30 percent cheaper than American dollars. Non-Canadian visitors also get back the 7 percent goods and service tax that’s applied to everything you buy, from lift tickets to housing, though not to what you eat or drink.

Vancouver airport is served nonstop from most major U. S. and international cities. Whistler/Blackcomb can be reached by train or interurban buses from Vancouver, or by private car.

For resort information and reservations, call (800) 944-7853; fax: (604) 932-7231.

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